The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday "strongly condemned" North Korea's third nuclear test and vowed to take action.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SUSAN RICE, UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR, SAYING:
"North Korea does not, and will not, benefit from violating international law. Far from achieving its stated goal of becoming a strong and prosperous nation, the DPRK has instead increasingly isolated and impoverished its people through its ill-advised pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery."
North Korea's says it is acting in self-defense in response to hostility from the United States. It vows to take take stronger actions if Washington keeps up its belligerence.